Yahweh Shalom: “The Lord Is Peace”
God is the only One able to give us the peace that passes all of our own understanding. Gideon knew this well from a time that he and his people were surrounded by a fierce enemy. There was nothing about that time that seemed “peaceful.” And yet, God showed up strong on their behalf, He was faithful and brought deliverance straight through fear-filled days.
Maybe that’s why Gideon felt so led to build an altar to the Lord and call it, “The Lord is Peace.” In times of greatest darkness, he had seen how true this was. The peace of God often doesn’t make sense to a world that would tell us to hurry and worry. A world that seems hard some days, and often so full of struggles. In the midst of it all, He reminds us that He is our true peace, so we never need to fear. No matter what we face.
“Then Gideon built an altar there to the LORD and named it The LORD is Peace.” (Judges 6:24)
God's Promises Revealed in His Name
If you need some extra reassurance today that our God is close and cares about all that concerns you, find hope in His powerful name. He is the God of miracles and nothing is impossible for Him. He split the seas, and delivered His people from all their enemies. He offered His protection through desert days, and lovingly led them in the wilderness to the promised land. He still works miracles today.
He provided a way for us to be saved through His Son Jesus Christ, and He gives us His Spirit to help us today. Don’t ever believe the lie that God is distant, too busy, or that He doesn’t care about you. The very God who created you knows your every burden, every struggle, and He cares more deeply than we could fully know. His name reflects the goodness and strength that He pours out on us every single day. May we embrace the truth of all that He is; and draw close to His presence today.
Debbie McDaniel is a writer, pastor's wife, mom to three amazing kids (and a lot of pets). Join her each morning on Fresh Day Ahead's Facebook page, for daily encouragement in living strong, free, hope-filled lives. Find her also on Twitter and at her blog www.debbiemcdaniel.com.
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